The Clinician Educator Track in the UNC Psychiatry Residency Program is an elective, specialized track of study for psychiatry residents interested in teaching and medical education. This program is designed to develop teaching abilities and prepare a resident for a career in academia.

The Track is led by Winston Li, MD, our Department’s Associate Program Director for the Residency. Senior residents, including the Chief Resident of Education, take a leadership role as well. Residents apply to the track in the spring of PGY-1, and begin the track in PGY-2. Three residents are accepted per year.

Curriculum

The Track includes its own dedicated curriculum, which is delivered through regular seminar meetings. The curriculum provides a broad didactic experience aimed towards developing the abilities necessary to become a successful Clinician Educator. A diverse approach, including formal lectures, journal article reviews, group discussions, practice teaching sessions with group feedback, one-to-one mentoring, and observation of master teachers, is employed.

Additionally, Track participants will be connected and encouraged to pursue teaching opportunities throughout the medical campus. To facilitate participation in these endeavors, residents will have protected clinical time for Track activities, including one day per week in the PGY-2 year.

 

Residents and Dr. Winston Li enjoying the sights of San Diego, California between conference sessions at the 2019 AADPRT conference.
Residents in the clinician educator track and two Attendings involved with medical education attended and presented posters and short oral presentations at the 2019 ADMSEP conference in Portland, Maine.
Two residents presented a poster in Dallas, Texas at the 2020 AADPRT conference of a call book project they developed during their time in the clinician educator track